Plato's spawn cold ivyed eyes Snare truth in bone and globe. Harlequins coin pointless games Sneer jokes in parrot's robe. Two women weep, dame scarlet screen Sheds sudden theatre rain, Whilst dark in dream the midnight queen Knows every human pain. In air, fire, earth and water World on the scales. Air, fire, earth and water Balance of change World on the scales On the scales. Bishop's kings spin judgement's blade Scratch "faith" on nameless graves. Harvest hags hoard ash and sand Rack rope and chain for slaves Who fireside fear fermented words Then rear to spoil the feast; Whilst in the aisle the mad man smiles To him it matters least. Heroes hands drain stones for blood To whet the scaling knife. Magi blind with visions light Net death in dread of life. Their children kneel in jesus till They learn the price of nail; Whilst all around our mother earth Waits balanced on the scales.
Writer(s): ROBERT FRIPP, PETER JOHN SINFIELD, J. PETER